Signium Announces All Elected Board of Directors



Chicago headquartered Signium, one of the world’s leading executive search and leadership consulting partnerships, today announces one of the biggest changes to its leadership in its near 70 year history.

After a thorough and wide-ranging review of leadership and governance conducted  by a group of Partners and external experts from around the world, Signium has moved to an all-elected global Board, chosen for their ability to drive change in specific areas of strategic importance. The new Board starts work immediately and will accelerate geographical and services expansion while looking to better communicate Signium’s value proposition around the world. 

Signium’s new leadership team comprises:

  • Alastair Paton, Chairman of the Board, based in London, U.K.
  • Angela Westdorf, Vice Chair and Vice President Business Development, based in Cologne, Germany
  • Klas Mårtenson, Vice President Regions, based in Malmo, Sweden
  • Marcelo Apovian, Vice President Brand and Marketing, based in São Paulo, Brazil 
  • Gerd DeBeer, Vice President Finance, IT and Operations, based in Toronto, Canada  

Alastair Paton, the newly appointed global Chair of Signium, commented "Our industry is changing rapidly and we need to change too. By putting clearer focus at Board level on areas that are vital to our continued success we are positioning Signium well for the future."

Marcelo Apovian, Klas Mårtenson, Angela Westdorf, Alastair Paton, Gerd DeBeer 

About Signium

Signium is a leading global executive search and leadership consulting firm, helping clients around the world make the right decisions at moments of strategic importance. With more than 60 years of experience, we are experts in helping clients recruit, develop and retain the best leadership teams. This means we don’t just find talent – we advise senior business leaders on developing their skills, their people and their organisations. Our clients operate all around the world, and so do we. With more than 45 offices, we combine reach, rigour and discipline with local passion, knowledge and a high-touch, partner-led approach. We look beyond the qualifications and experience of an individual candidate to look at the fit with culture and values of a client’s business, something we call the application of Intelligence and Intuition.

Signium was a founding member of the global industry standards body, the Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants (AESC).